Congenital Heart Disease

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Aug 16, 2018

Mayo Clinic Radio: Congenital heart defects

By Joseph A. Dearani, MD, @jad03

2018-08-14-Dr. Dearani Radio

On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Joseph Dearani, chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic, discusses diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects specifically in children. Dr. Dearani, along with Dr. Tom Chives and Tracy McCray discuss an assortment of topics relating to congenital heart defects.

They discuss:

  • How long it takes to become a cardiac surgeon
  • The improved life outlook for those born with congenital heart defects
  • The causes of heart defects and most common defects
  • How babies are diagnosed
  • Operating on newborns
  • Symptoms and diagnosing tools
  • When surgeries are done
  • And the advances in robotic assisted surgeries




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